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Callisto (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Torsten Krol

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Title:Callisto
Authors:Torsten Krol
Info:Atlantic Books (2008), Paperback, 448 pages
Collections:Your library, Fiction
Rating:****1/2
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Great book. Incredible narrative voice: naive, sympathetic, absurd. Excellent sociopolitical satire. Important. ( )
  malrubius | Apr 2, 2013 |
$2 today 11/7/11 ( )
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
Brilliant! I love this book cover to cover. ( )
  dpelaez | Nov 28, 2012 |
Odell Deefus ends up in the middle of what becomes a national security nightmare that he has nothing to do with. He's not smart enough to do any of the things he's accused of, but in his Forrest Gump-like way, he is just charming enough and just lucky enough to get himself into and out of the awfullest scrapes I've ever care to read about. This book made me laugh out loud and squirm uncomfortably and skim pages carefully, scared of what might happen next. This book makes a powerful statement about the role of government in our post 9/11 society and the paranoia that leads us to find terrorists EVERYWHERE, even in the most unlikely places. ( )
  mojomomma | Sep 6, 2010 |
Very odd but thoroughly enjoyable tale of the wrong dumb guy in the wrong place. A farce about America in the 2000s that rings true more often then not. OdellDeefus is a brilliant character, though not so brilliant himself, and his stumble through crime, terrorism and the criminal justice system doesn't seem that far from reality. Those who like Chuck Palhaniuk, John Lethem and their ilk should give Krol a try, unless you are a George Bush supporting Republican, then you might want to stay very far away from this.. ( )
  BookMason | Feb 3, 2010 |
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Vergeet Garp. Vergeet Forrest Gump.
Hier is Odell Deefus!
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Mijn naam is Odell Deefus.
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Odell Deefus, who's not the sharpest tool in the shed, has one goal: to "try my hardest to be a good soldier against the mad dog Islamites." But while driving to an army enlistment office in Callisto, Kansas, his '78 Chevy breaks down on the side of a country road, and it's only the beginning of his troubles. When he accepts a local's offer of shelter until the car is repaired, things go from bad to worse—worse as in murder, drug dealers, tenacious televangelists . . . and finding himself a prime target of the FBI, which thinks he's a member of a terrorist sleeper cell. And none of it bodes well for his unrequited crush on Condoleezza Rice. But fear, rash judgments, and extreme reactions are simply the norm in a post-9/11 world. Odell will just have to deal with it.

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Odell Deefus, who's not the sharpest tool in the shed, has one goal: to "try my hardest to be a good soldier against the mad dog Islamites." But while driving to an army enlistment office in Callisto, Kansas, his '78 Chevy breaks down on the side of a country road, and it's only the beginning of his troubles. When he accepts a local's offer of shelter until the car is repaired, things go from bad to worse -- worse as in murder, drug dealers, tenacious televangelists ... and finding himself a prime target of the FBI, which thinks he's a member of a terrorist sleeper cell. And none of it bodes well for his unrequited crush on Condoleezza Rice. But fear, rash judgments, and extreme reactions are simply the norm in a post-9/11 world. Odell will just have to deal with it.… (more)

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